Norwegian Mountains

Slåttenuten, 738m

Fylke/Kommune : Hordaland/Kvam
Maps : 1215-I Norheimsund (Statens Kartverk, Norge 1:50 000)
Primary factor : 115m
Hiked : Nov 2004
See also : Vesoldo
See also : Tveitakvitingen
See also : Torefjellet
Slaattenuten seen on the way to Melstveitaasen

Slåttenuten seen on the way to Melstveitaasen

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Slåttenuten falls in the shadow of the 308m higher Vesoldo, but has just enough vertical drop towards Vesoldo to be considered an independent mountain. Slåttenuten is found on the east side of the large plateau between the Norheimsund and the northern foothills of Vesoldo. The summit offers great views towards Hardangerfjorden and the mountains beyond, although the south-to-west views are obscured by Vesoldo and Tveitakvitingen.

The mountain can be reached via quite a number of trails. The trail described on this page (from Tveit) is perhaps not the shortest route to the mountain, but should please most hikers. In winter, this route is excellent for skiing up to Slåttenuten.

Petter Bjørstad has described a route from Norheimsund to Vesoldo, starting from Kaldestad. Refer to his page for an alternative route up to lake Krokavatnet, which you have to pass on the Tveit and Kaldestad routes. The shortest route is possibly from Tveit via Stuastøl. There may also be direct routes from Tørvikebygd that are not found on the map.

Primary factor:

Slåttenuten (M711: 738m, Ø.K: 737,81m) has a primary factor of 115m towards the higher Vesoldo (1046m). The saddle is found just north of lake Finnhillervatnet. Ref. Økonomisk Kartverk (5m contours), you cross the 625m contours on the high route, but not 620m. The saddle height has been interpolated to 623m.

Trail descriptions:

Notes: Class ratings are in reference to YDS. Click here for more information.

The trails described below are not necessarily the *easiest* trails to this mountain.

Tveit - Slåttenuten (winter)

Difficulty : Class 1
Exposure : No
Comments : Easy hike
Distance : Approx. 6Km to the top
Time : Approx. 2,5-3 hours to the top (w/o pause)
Starting Elev.: Approx. 130m
Vertical Gain : Approx. 600m

Map of the area
Map of the area
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Detailed map
Detailed map
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From Bergen, follow highway E16 towards Oslo. At the E 16/RV 7 junction (roundabout) at Trengereid, turn right onto RV 7. Follow RV 7 across Kvamskogen to Norheimsund. Turn right in the RV 7/RV 49 junction in Norheimsund (approx. 40,9Km) from the RV 7/E16 junction at Trengereid. Follow RV 49 towards "Gjermundshamn/Mundheim" for 1,4Km and turn right onto "Tveitevegen". Follow this road 1,1Km (up to Tveit) and find parking near a self-service toll box. You may drive the forest road that begins here, for 2,3Km up to 410m elevation, but this require a fee. Note that the distance and time estimate given above is based upon parking at Tveit.

The route

Follow the road until road end at 410m elevation. A pipeline is coming down the mountain at the road end. The road descends slightly just before the end. Watch out for a shortcut up to the left before the road descends. This path takes you a bit higher up to the pipeline.

There are a few details for the road up to the pipeline; You reach a junction just after the trailhead. Go left. The road is marked "Krokavatn". Higher up, you reach another junction. Go right. The road is marked "Krokavatn". There is yet another junction higher up. Go right. This junction is unmarked. You will also pass two trailsigns towards "Gamlestølen" before you reach the pipeline.

Follow the pipeline upwards. At approx. 520m elevation, the trail leaves the pipeline for a while, but joins the pipeline at 580m elevation. Lake Krokavatnet is then just "around the corner".

Follow the northeast shore of the lake for 200 meters. Then leave the shore and set a southbound course towards the summit. You don't see Slåttenuten from the lake. Once you pass the 660m contour, you get Slåttenuten in view. The walk across Hellefjellet is fairly uncomplicated. The only notable point is a deep canyon by lake Svartavatnet. The canyon is deepest near the lake, and trivial on the east end. Slåttenuten is marked by a trig. point pole. Descend your ascent route.

Trip report Nov 27 2004

Week-end was here, and despite the miserable weather, it was time to "go to work". The to-do list for the Kvam region was gradually getting shorter, and I decided to drive to Norheimsund and collect yet another Kvam mountain. Bergen was completely snow-free, and only a few spots could be seen on Gullfjellet. I would leave the skis back home, for sure.

On my way to Norheimsund, I was annoyed that I hadn't looked at my friend Petter's description. He had walked from Norheimsund all the way to Vesoldo, having passed lake Krokavatnet. Oh well, I would just ask around. When I reached Samnangerfjorden, there was snow alongside the road. Across Kvamskogen, it was snowing, and things looked very much like winter. I was thinking if leaving the skis back home was such a good idea, after all. It was too late to do anything about it, anyway.

I stopped a couple of senior gentlemen down in Norheimsund and asked for the fastest way up the mountain. I had overslept this morning, the time was near noon, and I was slightly worried about the number of hours with daylight. When they told me to drive up to Tveit, I didn't bother checking any further alternatives.

At Tveit, I stopped by a house, gathering the details about the route to Krokavatnet. The information I got was very helpful, and now I was confident that I wouldn't lose time on any wrong turns. We left the car 12:05PM. Even if I had left the skis back home, I had brought the poles, and they became quite helpful. The snow was wet, and walking would have been awkward without the poles. Troll managed to walk all the way up to 380m before he had to give up on the snow.

On my way across Kvamskogen, I made a plan for the day. I would be on my way by noon, at lake Krokavatnet by 13:00PM, on the summit by 14:00PM, and back at the car 15:30PM, well in time before darkness. So far, it looked good. We reached lake Krokavatnet 13:05PM. It was snowing by the lake, and even if the local mountain tops could be seen, Vesoldo was hidden in fog. In case this fog came any lower, I chose to walk on the snow patches, instead of following the snow-free terrain. By following my own tracks, I didn't have to spend time on navigation. The snow patches were of course deep, and the dog in the backpack added only value to the struggle.

But according to plan, we reached Slåttenuten summit 14:00PM. On the minute. Troll enjoyed his lunch-box while I tried to imagine the views. The weather got slightly lighter and I could see parts of Hardangerfjorden. Even Torefjellet (4m higher than Vesoldo) presented itself for a brief minute. Torefjellet looked spectacular from Slåttenuten, as no other mountains could be seen.

We left the summit once Troll was had completed lunch, and then it started to snow again. I was incredibly tempted to try a shortcut down the mountain, but decided not to. If I had one additional hour of daylight, I would have gone for it. I remember seeing some nasty cliffs from below, but there are normally solutions to those problems. Back at lake Krokavatnet, I told Troll to walk the rest of the route. The downhill along the pipeline caused him few problems, but back at the forest road, I had to plow for him. When the forest road started to descend, Troll ran in front for the remaining distance. Not a bad job for this tiny fellow. The time was 15:29PM when we reached the car. Not bad planning, and another good day in the mountains.

Pictures from the Nov 27 2004 hike

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1. Tveit trailhead (141KB) 2. Info map along the forest road (153KB) 3. Troll hates these long hills (100KB) 4. View from the forest road (358KB) 5. Gaining views to higher ground (101KB) 6. Good for skiing in winter (116KB) 7. Arriving the pipeline (107KB) 8. The trail takes a detour from the pipeline 9. View down the pipeline (197KB) 10. Lake Krokavatnet (207KB) 11. Lake Krokavatnet (357KB) 12. Slaattenuten ahead (238KB) 13. Canyon near Slaattenuten (305KB) 14. Slaattenuten summit (140KB) 15. View from Slaattenuten summit (270KB) 16. Troll on Slaattenuten (82KB) 17. Lake Torvikvatnet seen from Slaattenuten (115KB) 18. The plateau seen from Slaattenuten (342KB) 19. Hardangerfjorden seen from Slaattenuten (189KB) 20. Hardangerfjorden seen from Slaattenuten (132KB) 21. Torefjellet pops out of the fog (154KB) 22. Cabins by lake Krokavatnet (245KB)

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Pictures from other hikes:

1. Slaattenuten in center, seen from Vikanuten 2. Gråeggi summit views (part 1/2) (1204KB)

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